Friends of Rockaway has partnered with the non-profit St. Bernard Project to continue rebuilding in the Far Rockaways post Hurricane Sandy. The goal is to bring 60 families who have been displaced by Sandy for more than 800 days now back to their houses in 2016. The rebuilding work will continue until each family is home. Friends of the Rockaway is currently recruiting volunteers — “We’re building a team of talented, passionate, and flexible AmeriCorps members to get the job done,” the organization announced on Facebook today. If you’re interested, you can apply to be an AmeriCorps member at the Friends of Rockaway website.
On a related note, DNAinfo reports that the city has started holding public hearings in all five boroughs on how to spend close to $1 billion in federal Hurricane Sandy relief dollars. The Queens meeting is tonight, 7 pm, at Beach Channel High School, 100-01 Beach Channel Drive.